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18 Free Non-profit Webinars For August 2015

Farhad Chikhliwala 06 August 2015 0 comments

Further your non-profit education with these free webinars! 

Free Webinar - Wild ApricotThis month, we’re bringing you 18 free webinars. Take this opportunity to browse through our list and ramp up your skill set by slotting some into your schedule. This month’s topics include: Your Membership Website, Creating Visual Content, Blogging, Volunteer Engagement, Proposal Writing, and many more.

Check back every month for a fresh new list of topics to learn from. And don’t forget to share with your friends and colleagues! 

Start your learning with the Wild Apricot Expert Webinar Series: 

10 Steps to a Successful Membership Website

Thursday, August 13, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Register today! (space is limited)

Is your current membership website outdated, difficult to maintain, and not user-friendly? Are you passing around your member records from one Board to the next? Can your members easily find you online? And how about on mobile devices? 

Your membership website can be the main tool for your member communication and member activities - if you have the right membership solution in place. 

In this technical and informative webinar, Lamees Abourahma - from Webbright Services - explains a step-by-step process to building the ultimate functional membership website for your membership organization. 

In this expert webinar, you will learn:

  • What are the questions you need to ask in the planning phase of a website project?
  • What do you look for in a membership management software?
  • What is the process of building a membership website? 
  • Guidelines to guarantee success
  • Examples of highly functional and engaging membership websites
This webinar is led by  Lamees Abourahma, founder and president of Webbright

Wild Apricot Product Webinars

You can watch the following pre-recorded Wild Apricot product webinars at your convenience:

Here are the rest of the non-profit webinars in chronological order:

Crowdfunding Made Easy, or Everything You Need To Know In Just 30 Minutes

11:00AM - 11:30 AM or 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Learn everything you need to know to run a successful crowdfunding campaign

Raise More Money by Appealing Effectively to the Millennial Generation

11:00AM - 11:45 AM or 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM (Eastern)

What you'll learn:

  • How to apply 5 tips we give you and increase your donations
  • How to engage with your current donors more effectively.
  • How to attract new donors by leveraging technology at your fingertips
  • How to encourage your supporters to raise money for you
10 Blogging Best Practices for NGOs

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern)

This webinar covers the top 10 blogging best practices for NGOs and begins by discussing the importance of blogging as part of your social media and content strategy. Attendees will gain an understanding of good blog design as well as how to format blog posts to maximize their retweet and share rates on social media. 

Throughout the webinar more than 20 NGOs that excel at blogging will be featured. 

Topics include:

  • Which blogging platform is best for NGOs and why
  • How to format blog posts to maximize reading and click-throughs on calls-to-action
  • How to use your blog to grow your email list, social network followers, and online donations
  • How to blog to maximize search engine optimization (SEO)
  • How often an NGO should blog
  • 10 blog content ideas for effective storytelling
Introduction to Finding Grants

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this newly revised class.  
You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.
The Leader as Coach: Guiding Your Team in Dynamic Change

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

It's virtually impossible to fulfill your mission over the long haul without change. Key people come and go, the economy surges and lags, new ways to engage donors or members emerge seemingly every day, and the imperative to operate cost-effectively is ever-present. Envisioning, designing, and implementing successful change - the kind of change that positions organizations to achieve and sustain the necessary results - is critical. Change, in fact, is one of most studied phenomena in business, approached from an incredibly wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. Oft-cited statistics like "70% failure" aside, the fact that we continue to search for answers indicate that there are more losses than wins when it comes to change initiatives. Much of the focus is on leadership, but beyond buzzwords and inspirational quotes, there is little in the way of real guidance. In this webinar, Snowflake LLC suggests that real leadership isn't about exciting and inspiring, but about actively coaching throughout the entire change process, which in the first place requires that you know more about and pay more attention to your "followers" than to becoming the next charismatic management celebrity.

Your New Favorite Thing: 30 Super Helpful Social Media Apps Tools and Resources For Nonprofits

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Have you ever found yourself saying, how did that nonprofit do that on Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram or Pinterest? How do they make those graphics, or reach that many people? 

Nimble and knowledgeable staff guided by sound strategy play a large part in social media success. But sometimes, the right tools can make a big difference. A good tool can shave minutes or even hours off your task, help you create professional graphics in a flash, and dive into data to reveal trends and better inform your social media strategy.  
In this nonprofit webinar you’ll find 30 apps, tools and resources that nonprofits actually use to make managing social media easier, faster, smarter….better. All of them are free or quite reasonable in price. 

These are the tools that my webinar attendees have said were their favorites. They soon may become your favorites, too.  

Here’s what we’ll cover during this free webinar: 

  • How to make graphics, edit photos and visualize data without Photoshop or Illustrator
  • Twitter tools to help you find influencers and research hashtags, boost reach and more 
  • Facebook tools to help you boost engagement and post the best content  
  • Multi-network tools that track and analyze, unite fans for action, automate important tasks and more
  • Social Fundraising tools and resources to empower you and your supporters to raise funds for your cause
Accomplishing More with Social Media

Thursday, August 6, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

The Internet changed the world in the mid 90's and social media is changing it again in the new decade. Today's social media platforms (from LinkedIn, to Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere), offer extraordinary capabilities and unique opportunities which can bring about significant business and personal benefits. 
However, many organizations and users are not realizing these benefits, either a) getting caught up in the social media "chatter" and spending too much time in these platforms with little or no returns, b) not fully leveraging the capabilities of these platforms, or c) writing them off all together as irrelevant or unimportant — the place where people post what they had for lunch.
Whatever our view is on social media, the reality is that 100s of millions of users are engaged in these platforms, and this large user-base includes many of our customers, donors, employees, partners, colleagues, friends, and family members.
It is imperative then that we better understand these platforms, become skilled at using them, and learn how to fully leverage them. In this session, we explore their capabilities, and discuss ways in which we can use them strategically and purposefully, to achieve significant business and personal results.
Key Takeaways

  • If you are new to social media, this session will provide you with everything you need to get started including demonstrations of each of the platforms.
  • If you are already using these platforms, you will gain additional insights into how to use them more strategically and purposefully.
  • In addition (as an extra bonus), you will learn about the Results Curve™, and how it can help you in managing social media and other interrupting technologies such as email and Instant Messaging.
The 7 Fundamentals of a Monthly Giving Program

Thursday, August 6, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

If you’re thinking about starting a monthly giving program, this free webinar is for you!

Join us to learn the basic fundamentals needed to start a Monthly Giving program, so you can benefit from the tremendous opportunities it can offer your organization.

In this free nonprofit webinar you will learn:

  • How Monthly donors are different
  • How to start a program with limited resources
  • How to recognize monthly donors
  • How to set your ask amounts
  • How to market your program
  • How to present results
  • How to plan for growth
This free Webinar will provide you with an understanding of how even ‘small’ donors can truly become ‘giants’ and provide ongoing revenue for many years to come.

If you’re ready to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that a monthly giving program can offer your nonprofit, register for this free webinar right now!

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Are you new to proposal writing or want a quick refresher? If so, you don’t want to miss one of our most popular classes!

This newly revised class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.  

This webinar will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no
Donor Retention Isn't Speed Dating

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Speed dating helps you meet a lot of people in a very short time—and you never see 99% of them again. This reminds us of the statistic that 80% of donors never make a second gift. How can you develop a successful donor relations program? What works and what doesn’t? And how can you improve your retention rate? Learn how to form a lasting relationship with your donors based on their behavior—not the amount of their gift.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn to value your donors by their behavior and not their last gift amount.
  • Tangible examples of behavior based donor relations from other organizations.
  • Real ROI numbers of increased donor retention.
Build Staff Buy-In for Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, August 13, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Is your organization open to engaging volunteers in new ways? Often one of the biggest challenges to a new model of volunteer engagement is the resistance of paid staff. Often attitudes and fears of our co-workers prevent us from expanding the work that volunteers do. But, if you've never worked with volunteers before, it can be scary. In this webinar we'll discuss strategies for working with paid staff to engage volunteers. We'll cover what you can do to alleviate some of those fears, strategies for working within a Union environment, and how you can train and support your coworkers as they become responsible for managing volunteers.

What You'll Learn: 

  • How to assess the feelings and attitudes of paid staff around working with volunteers.
  • What does paid staff need to know about working with volunteers.
  • How to create a communication plan to talk to paid staff about working with volunteers.
  • Strategies for engaging volunteers in a union environment.
Program Improvement Tool: What we've learned so far

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

Over 160 hunger-fighting organizations have used the Program Improvement Tool to evaluate their volunteer engagement programs. Come hear about what we've learned about the tool, the organizations that have used it, and the benchmarks that we're developing. 
If you haven't yet explored the tool you can find it here http://causes.volunteermatch.org/hungerservice This tool was developed for hunger-fighting nonprofits by VolunteerMatch in partnership with ConAgra Foods Foundation.

What You'll Learn: 

  • Aggregate information on the hunger-fighting organizations that have used the tool so far.
  • Trends in volunteer management and volunteer engagement in hunger-fighting organizations.
  • Benchmarks that can be developed based on initial information gathered by the tool.
  • Who Should Attend: 
  • Leaders in Hunger-Fighting Organizations
  • Volunteer Program Managers
  • Those interested in volunteer engagement benchmarks
Job Search Strategies for Fundraising Professionals

Thursday, August 20, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

This webinar is excellent for any job seekers targeting the fundraising profession. If you are interested in a career in fundraising, are a new grad or sector newbie, or are a fundraising veteran looking to change your current employment situation, you'll want to attend this webinar.

This session will give you the tools you need to successfully secure a fundraising position, including:

  • An overview of how employers find applicants for fundraising positions.
  • Key insight into what employers are looking for in their fundraising candidates.
  • Tips and strategies to prepare you for a successful fundraising job search.
Social Media and Volunteer Engagement

Thursday, August 20, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Volunteer engagement is changing. What do you need to know about social media as a volunteer program manager? How can you use social media to promote your volunteer opportunities and recruit volunteers? This webinar will offer an introduction to including social media in your volunteer recruitment and retention plans. You'll see examples of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as blogs that other nonprofits have successfully used to draw attention to their organizations and volunteer opportunities. You'll also learn about the social media tools available as part of your VolunteerMatch account that can help you promote your volunteer opportunity on other social networking sites.

What You'll Learn: 

  • What social media is and why it matters
  • How to use social media to recruit and engage volunteers
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of managing social media tools
  • Where to go to get resources and help
How to Create Visual Content for Your NGO

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM (Eastern)

The rise of social media has had a profound impact upon how donors and supporters process messages and calls-to-action online. Content that is text-heavy with few visuals will fail to inspire the online masses and if your NGO is not adept at creating visual content, then you will struggle to communicate your success stories and fundraise online. 

This webinar will demonstrate how NGOs can tap into the power of visual content on a minimal budget. 

Topics include:

  • How to create visually compelling images for social media
  • The importance of creating infographics
  • How to use Instagram to create video content
  • Low-cost photo and video editing tools
  • How to launch fundraising campaigns in visual format.
Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal Success

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

As a grant professional, you should never have to worry about being unprepared for a grant proposal, grant report, or conversation with a grantmaker. In this webinar we will discuss the planning you’ll need to do to make sure you’re ready to take on the world. This session is designed to give you the tools you need to get started right away, and is ideal for grantwriters and fundraising managers.


  • The 5 pieces of information you absolutely need when planning a funding proposal
  • How to use those plans to shape a full proposal template
  • How you can prepare your proposal to make grant reporting a snap
Change Your Data Story

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Eastern)

It seems like people are talking about data everywhere. Fundraising data. Board dashboards. Program data. What do you do with the data you've collected is the important question. You likely have data on spreadsheets on your computer or printed at your desk. Maybe you've got analytics from your social media programs. But are you sharing your data in a way that causes people to take action?

One of the most powerful ways to build an energetic and helpful team is to create a clear picture to easily see what needs to be done. Lori will show you why using a visual display can turn numbers and lists into interesting, fun, and even dazzling dashboards. You will walk away from the session ready to display your data in new ways that will get your team -- board, staff and other supporters -- eager to take action.
Key Takeaways:

  • Learn the power of unlocking your data by creating a visual display or dashboard.
  • Understand the six common mistakes nonprofits make when designing graphs & dashboards (and what you can do to avoid them!).
  • Identify four nonprofit dashboard categories to use to engage others.
  • See examples of before and after visual displays or dashboards.
  • Create a mini-action plan with your own next steps for creating visual displays or dashboards.

That’s it for this month but stay tuned for next month’s free webinar round-up

This round-up of free non-profit webinars is a regular monthly feature compiled by the Wild Apricot Blog. You can subscribe by RSS to get updates by email, so you’ll be sure to catch next month’s webinars, as well as other great resources for associations and non-profits.

Do you have a webinar you’d like to include next month?

If your organization offers a free webinar that would be of interest to non-profit, membership or volunteer-based organizations and you want to include it in next month's post, please email a brief overview (like those above) to farhad@wildapricot.com no later than August 18.

And, as always, if you know of a free webinar that we've missed for this month -- please share the details with us in the comments below.

Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot] Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Posted by Farhad Chikhliwala [Professor Apricot]

Published Thursday, 06 August 2015 at 8:30 AM
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